Interview with Kristen Varwig

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing is my soul. I have to do it, and I have to share it. I want to reach people, to tell them a story that makes changes them, that moves them.I want people to read my work and walk away different for it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has allowed me to reach a larger audience. I can share my work with friends, family, strangers... I can tell people on the bus about it. It's been great.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When you get into that mode that feels like plagiarism. Like you can't have written this; you don't know where it came from. When it just flows though from somewhere else. It's a high, the greatest high there is.
What are you working on next?
My debut novel. It's an epic trilogy, but if you're thinking 'Twilight', you're way, way of. It's gritty and bloody, and tough. It's filled with cursing and killing, and angels.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, because his writing isn't just scary. It's beautiful. Every King novel has a lesson to be learned, and he can touch your soul.

Terry Pratchett because his satire is amazing. And he makes me laugh out loud.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The adventure of what the day will bring. Each day is a spontaneous thing. Will I write a chapter, ot drive to Wyoming for coffee? Who knows?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and listening to music.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Book bingo. When I'm out of known authors, I pick a random letter, and then a number. Say I get 'K' and '19. I read the 19th book whose author's last name starts with R
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was 12, and my class was putting on a mock trial based on 'Beloved'. Every time a classmate was asked how she knew something she was 'testifying' about, instead of stating the evidence of her character, she'd say "It was in the book." so, I wrote a story about a man on trial in Heaven, and every sin held against him was written in the book of his life. He couldn't defend himself, because it was all in the book his guardian angel had written. It was very Kafkaesque. It was awful.
What is your writing process?
I have a track list on my iPod for each character and scene. i put my music on, lock my door, grab a six-pack of Mountain Dew and just go.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
'Treasure In An Oatmeal Box'. My sister taught me to read when I was 4 and she was 6. Tat book was meant for older children. It was about a mentally challenged boy, who dies. I stayed up reading it all night, at about 5 years old, and then I crawled into bed with my mom sobbing so hard I couldn't tell her why. I hadn't known a fictional person could hurt you so much. It killed me. I was hooked on reading ever since, because, if it could bring that much pain, it could bring joy as well.
How do you approach cover design?
I think of the title, and then I digitally paint with my music blasting. When I get it right, I know.
Published 2014-06-18.
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Books by This Author

January Embers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
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'January Embers' is the culmination of over a decade of obsessive writing. These evocative, powerful poems have an almost tangible grace; the author adroitly deals with pain, anger and mental illness, but, above all, the spine is hope. 'January Embers' is not without humor; 'Edgar And I' dares you not to smile. Kristen Varwig's debut is a must-read for the sophisticated and casual reader alike.